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Group Wants to End Death Penalty

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
October 10, 2011

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A couple dozen people showed up at the state Capitol Monday to call for the abolition of the death penalty in the state and around the world.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty observed World Day against the Death Penalty with a forum focusing on it as inhuman, cruel and degrading.

OU Professor Susan Sharp talked about the families of death row inmates and how they’re irrevocably changed as they fall into a state of despair.

“They get caught up in frantic activity where they’re trying to change the outcome often to the point of exhaustion. They reach a state of desperation where they are trying to seek any and all possible solutions.”

Doctor Sharp says bad forensics, faulty eyewitness accounts and false confessions can lead to wrongful convictions of death row inmates.

Monday marked the ninth World Day Observance against the Death Penalty.

A symposium on the death penalty is set for November 13th at Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

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